The La Verne Honors Program is designed to foster students to become thoughtful, responsible, and engaged citizens. With a focus on the importance of thinking globally and acting locally, the Honors Program provides a challenging and interdisciplinary curriculum that places a heavy emphasis on creating a curricular experience that is inclusive of a diverse set of ideas from around the world.
The University of La Verne’s baccalaureate goals serve as the inspiration of the Honors Program mission. The university-wide baccalaureate goals are as follows:
- Baccalaureate Goal 1: Broad knowledge and appreciation of the liberal arts integrated with a depth of knowledge in a specialized discipline;
- Baccalaureate Goal 2: Ability to think critically and creatively, and apply those skills toward resolution of local, national and global problems;
- Baccalaureate Goal 3: Excellence in written, oral, and creative expression through a variety of traditional and contemporary media;
- Baccalaureate Goal 4: Effective leadership and teamwork skills with cultural competence;
- Baccalaureate Goal 5: Commitment to ethical, environmental, and social responsibility accompanied by civic and community engagement.
In light of the mission of the Honors Program and the University of La Verne’s baccalaureate goals, the program-specific goals for the Honors Program are as follows:
- Honors Goal 1: Provide a rigorous curriculum by combining both interdisciplinary and traditional disciplinary courses (Baccalaureate Goals: 1).
- Honors Goal 2: Foster critical thinking and analysis of today’s most challenges issues by promoting a diversity of perspectives from around the world (Baccalaureate Goals: 1, 2).
- Honors Goal 3: Facilitate student participation by emphasizing a seminar-style classroom that centers student interaction with peers and faculty (Baccalaureate Goals: Unique to honors).
- Honors Goal 4: Provide opportunities for students to generate leadership and teamwork skills by developing a scholarly project together with peers that contains a written, oral, and presentation component (Baccalaureate Goals: 3, 4).
- Honors Goal 5: Create an active intellectual environment through diverse and inclusive approaches to teaching and learning and opportunities for external and/or community engagement (Baccalaureate Goals: 3, 5).
Given the goals of the Honors Program, the learning outcomes or skills expected of all Honors graduates are as follows:
- Analysis and synthesis of knowledge (Honors Goals: 1)
- Critical, creative, and independent thinking (Honors Goals: 1, 2)
- Cultural competency (Honors Goals: 2)
- Ethnical reasoning (Honors Goals: 2)
- Oral expression (Honors Goals: 3)
- Written expression (Honors Goals: 4)
- Teamwork and leadership (Honors Goals: 4)
- Ability to conduct research (Honors Goals: 4)
- Civic and community awareness (Honors Goals: 5)